Hello Class of 2019!
We hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving weekend, whether you are eating, digesting, shopping or just catching up on well-deserved sleep! Since we are now two-thirds of the way through the Fall Term/Semester, it’s a good to take a moment during break to reflect on how you’re doing at Stuyvesant.
The second marking period ended this past Wednesday and report cards will be distributed on Tuesday, 12/8. If you're struggling with a class, there's still time to catch up before the end of the semester. Ask yourself: “What could be changed in order for me to achieve my goals?” Don't get discouraged and give up, since there are a number of possibilities that you can explore in order to improve. Start by going through your classes and thinking about what could be changed: try a new way of studying, talk to the teacher for a possible extra-credit assignment, or ask for help by pairing up with a tutor. ARISTA has an amazing tutoring program with many enthusiastic upperclassmen willing to tutor you. You can find out more about these resources here.
We are also starting class selection for the upcoming semester. If you have any questions about how to plan your classes to fit your specific goals, don't hesitate to reach out to your guidance counselors; they are tremendously helpful! If you need advice about a class or a teacher, feel free to ask your Big Sibs as well.
By now, most of you have started engaging in extra-curriculars and making new friends. The list of clubs and pubs (publications) that you can explore has never been so comprehensive. The SU has been doing a terrific job in expanding the possibilities of new clubs, so you will definitely be able to find one that you like; if you don’t, remember you could always start one yourself! Take your time in freshman year to try different options until you find one that fits your interests or sparks a new one. You can find the list of Stuy’s clubs and pubs here.
Also, don't be shy! If you don't feel comfortable going to a club meeting or have trouble choosing one, remember that your Big Sibs are here to help you adapt and find your niche at Stuy.
Once again, feel free to talk to any of your Big Sibs about anything you need or have trouble with: academic, social, personal, anything! We have all been in your shoes and can give great advice on how to make your time at Stuy great.
All the best,
Rick and the Big Sib Chairs